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Washington Post: President Obama, disregarding his own red line, dithers on Ukraine

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April 23, 2014, 1:44 a.m. | Op-ed — by Washington Post

A pro-Russia woman speaks to pro-Ukrainian supporters holding Ukrainian flags during a rally in the center of the eastern city of Donetsk on April 22, 2014. US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to "pull Ukraine apart" and pledged Washington's strong support for Kiev's leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV
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 AFTER AN agreement to “de-escalate tensions and restore security” in Ukraine was announced Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry was very explicit about U.S. expectations. “We fully expect the Russians . . . to demonstrate their seriousness by insisting that the pro-Russian separatists who they’ve been supporting lay down their arms [and] leave the buildings” in eastern Ukraine, he said. “I made clear to Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov today that if we are not able to see progress . . . this weekend, then we will have no choice but to impose further costs on Russia.”

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